When to Stop Mowing for Fall

lawn-mower-1593890_1280As the warm weather winds down and the cooler temperatures take over, it’s time to start getting your lawn and garden ready for the winter. At some point, you’ll want to give your lawn one last mow for the year. Keep these fall lawn care tips in mind as you prepare for the months ahead:

Clean Your Lawn

You’ll want to wait until most of the leaves are done falling from the trees before doing the final mow of the season. Be sure to clean up your lawn by raking and bagging up piles leaves. Once the lawn is clear, you can cut the grass.

Use a Mulching Mower

A lawn mower with mulching blades is especially helpful in the fall. It will help to take care of whatever last leaves have settled on the lawn. Consider using this type of mower for the best results throughout the year.

The Right Length

You don’t want to cut your grass too short, but you don’t want to leave it too long, either. When left long, the grass can become diseased over the winter. The moisture, snow, and low temperatures during the winter months could kill grass that’s too long. However, you don’t want to trim it down too much. Once you see that it’s stopped growing, usually at the end of October or in November, you’ll want to mow it to a low height. Just be careful not to leave it bald in any areas.

These fall tips are important to know when preparing your lawn and garden for the winter. Your landscape design for the spring will be much easier to execute when you have a good starting point. By mowing your grass properly at the end of the fall, you’ll ensure that you have a healthy lawn to work with next spring.

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Tips for Summer Landscaping in Columbus Ohio

The summer is among the most challenging times for landscaping, where maintaining lawns and growing plants are concerned.  As the temperature gets higher, the soil starts to dry and plants start to wither.  The situation is often made worse by the imposition of water restrictions in some communities.  However, there are steps that can be taken to ensure that the lawn and the plants are sufficiently hydrated.

Mow Lawns as Required

This lessens the stress on the root system and the clippings can be left on the lawn as a means of adding organic matter into the soil and recycling nutrients.

Irrigate as Needed

Fit the irrigation system with a rain sensor to avoid it operating on rainy days and to save water.  Sandy soils in the coastal region may cause lawns to suffer if that are not monitored for loss of water.  Tall bluegrass lawns will survive with a small amount of water, since they become dormant if not irrigated or fertilized in late spring.

These landscaping tips can be used to get the best performance from the yard during the hot summers we typically have in Columbus, Ohio.

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